Mothers Suffer Delays in Emergency Obstetric Care

Mothers Suffer Delays in Emergency Obstetric Care

 “A woman who is pregnant has one foot in the grave.” (Proverb, Chad) “Clothes should not be made for an unborn child.” (Bangala Proverb) When a woman gives birth in Uganda, she is congratulated “kulika omwana,” meaning “well survived.” ——- While the 47% reduction in global maternal mortality over the last two decades is an impressive gain, the fact remains that childbirth continues to be one of the most life-threatening...

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Becca in Kenya: the Saikeri Series, Pt. 4

Becca in Kenya: the Saikeri Series, Pt. 4

My Day in Kenya Working at the Saikeri Clinic… Solo! by Rebecca Fortney (dated June 9, 2014) For the next two days I will be running the clinic solo. Even the interpreter will be gone… gotta love when the government decides to take all the workers away for meetings. I’m just happy that I’ll be there so that the clinic can stay open for the next two days! Today I will spend most of my time in the clinic preparing for tomorrow, since it...

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Becca in Kenya: the Saikeri Series, Pt. 3

Becca in Kenya: the Saikeri Series, Pt. 3

First Weekend at the Saikeri Dispensary in Kenya by Rebecca Fortney (dated June 6, 2014) In traveling to Kenya, I’ve had three days of nonstop travel by almost every mode of transportation (except boats), and severe jet lag has definitely caught up with me. Last night I was ready to collapse into my “bed” and fall into a deep sleep. EVERY time I came close to falling asleep, I kept hearing “Nashipei!” (This is my Maasai name—it means “the happy...

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Becca in Kenya: the Saikeri Series, Pt. 2

Becca in Kenya: the Saikeri Series, Pt. 2

Good and Bad News Here in Kenya by Rebecca Fortney (dated June 4, 2014) My first day back in Kenya was a whirlwind of good and bad news. The good news: we have a Korean company that is drilling for water and putting in solar panels! This is awesome news indeed. Also, a few of my friends (who I haven’t seen since last summer) have new babies. One of the babies is my friend’s sixth (and she is only 30 years old)! The roads are in amazing...

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Becca in Kenya: the Saikeri Series, Pt. 1

Becca in Kenya: the Saikeri Series, Pt. 1

Leaving for Kenya by Rebecca Fortney (dated June 2, 2014) Last summer in Kenya, I encountered many problems while working at the Saikeri Dispensary, but the most common and most critical issue was the lack of proper medical supplies. Even after walking over 9 miles (one way!) for medicine or wound care, so many people had to turn around and head back home without help because the clinic did not have the supplies it needed in stock to provide...

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Introducing Rebecca Fortney and Montana Maasai Outreach

Introducing Rebecca Fortney and Montana Maasai Outreach

From the moment we met Rebecca Fortney, we were inspired. This is her story: At just twenty two, Rebecca Fortney founded Montana Maasai Outreach, a non-profit teamed up with the Saikeri Medical Dispensary in Kenya to provide much needed medical supplies to the village of Saikeri and to its outlying villages. As a public health and pre-med nursing student at the University of Montana, Rebecca has had the opportunity to observe and serve a role...

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Family Planning Services Promote Well-Being of Women, One Pill at a Time

Family Planning Services Promote Well-Being of Women, One Pill at a Time

Family planning, which involves the information, supplies and services that enable families to decide when and whether to have children, is heralded as one of the most cost-effective public health advancements of the last century.  For every dollar spent on delivering these services, countries can save up to 6 dollars by preventing unintended pregnancies that end up costing significantly more (Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation 2013).  It is...

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The Impact of Maternal Death on Families and Communities

The Impact of Maternal Death on Families and Communities

Over the past two decades, there has been a strong push on behalf of governments and international aid organizations to improve the health and well-being of mothers around the world, especially in developing nations. Although great strides have been achieved in some regions, mothers are still dying from preventable pregnancy-related complications every day. In 2010, an estimated 287,000 mothers died, leaving behind husbands, children, family...

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